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Dog napper gets bitten by charges
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A local man, who was cited for animal cruelty and was a no-show in court, has been hit with additional charges.

Julian Martinez, 19, and Samantha Brewer, 20, have both been charged with criminal trespassing for allegedly removing three dogs from Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center after hours. The dogs were reported missing by staff the morning of April 24. That same evening, the dogs were discovered with the couple.

Both will appear in General Sessions Court this Tuesday, May 8, for arraignment.

Martinez, the dogs’ owner, was originally ordered to appear in General Sessions Court on April 3 to answer to allegations he kept three dogs locked in a vehicle. The citation was issued March 19 by Warren County deputy Tyler Glenn. Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center removed the dogs from his care.

When Martinez failed to appear in court two weeks later, a bench warrant was issued. He was arrested on April 24 by McMinnville Police Lt. Ben Cantrell. The officer witnessed Martinez and Brewer in a vehicle outside Cleaners Express. Both individuals were taken into custody. Brewer also had a failure to appear charge. The dogs were returned to Animal Control.

Martinez also faces arraignment Tuesday for the citation issued March 19 and his subsequent failure to appear April 3.